75. Stained glass window

75 - stained glass window

ca. 1930

St. Paul’s Anglican Church and History House

Although common in many churches in Eastern Canada, stained glass windows such as those at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in McLennan are much rarer in Western Canada. Most early churches made use of Gothic style windows with coloured glass around the edge for decoration. St. Paul’s was erected in 1931, and the windows installed at various times since then. Stained glass windows originally depicted scenes from the Bible in Medieval churches. Because these early churches had services in Latin which most of the congregation did not understand, they could look to the windows for inspiration. Stained glass windows have since become standard fixtures of most churches whether of biblical scenes, saints or just coloured glass, and are often dedicated in loving memory of deceased family members.